Press Release: Residents urged to stay indoors for safety; GovGuam operations to resume at 1p.m.


Guam – As of 6 a.m. this morning the Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense urges residents to stay indoors til heavy winds pass.

Press Release:

For Immediate Release
July 5, 2018
6 a.m.

Most GovGuam operations to start at 1 p.m., agency heads to call essential personnel

Government of Guam offices will open at 1 p.m. today. Directors and agency heads will be assessing conditions at their office this morning and may call personnel they deem essential to ensure they can resume operations.

National Weather Service has recommended all residents stay indoors for the next four to six hours.

The Department of Public Works, Guam Police Department and other safety agencies will be out on Guam’s roads early this morning to help ensure safety on the roads.

The Department of Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense is monitoring roads. As of 5 a.m. today:
– There are trees or downed power poles that have been toppled over through Route 4 Evangelical Christian Academy School in Chalan Pago; Wolford Heights Road in Talofofo; Route 17 by Windmill 2 downed poles; Chapel Road, Canada Barrigada

Additionally, there are several traffic lights that are not working:
– Route 4 & Route 4A, downed street light
– Tri-Intersection in Barrigada (Routes 8, 10, 16)
– Route 8 going to Agana from Maite
– Route 4 and West O’Brien Drive intersection (Between Agana Shopping Center and Judiciary)
– Marine Corps Drive, Route 1 in Yigo and Dededo, traffic lights are out.
– Some traffic lights in Tumon are out.


There is an urban and small stream flood advisory in effect until 7:15 a.m. Rivers or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or imminent.

A thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

A wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport and has been extended to 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 29 mph with gusts to 44 mph in showers, shifting to the east-southeast at 39 mph with gusts to 54 mph in showers near noon Thursday. Be alert and take precautions as needed.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.

Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

Weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Maria have deteriorated and present multiple hazards to the GPA field crews. At this time, crews have been instructed to seek shelter. Field work will resume as soon as possible. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.

Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
·      Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
·      Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
·      Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters.
·      As winds and rains remain through the morning, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
·      Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft.
·      Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
·      Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
·      Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.